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Lovejoy Train Derailment 100-Years Ago Wednesday

100-years ago Wednesday a coal train bound for Monterey derailed and killed two men. Wreck investigators partially blamed the derailment on a passenger train from the afternoon before. Putnam County Historian Dale Welch said that train experienced a small derailment as it crossed the Lovejoy Bridge in Overton County, but the engineer and conducter never reported it. “The next morning, ... Read More »

Soccer Field Expansion Project Moving Forward

The Putnam County Sports Complex expansion project can finally move forward. County Mayor Randy Porter said the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has signed off on environmental studies and other documents related to the project. “We got notification that the contract with the state is being issued and sent to my office. As soon as that happens, then ... Read More »

Clay County Secures USDA Loan For New Jail

Clay County has secured a $7.5 million USDA loan for constructing a new jail. Mayor Dale Reagan said the next step involves the approval of an AIA contract with Knoxville-based Cope and Associates. “Once we do sign off of this original AIA contract, they’ve (cope) already got the plans to start working on,” Reagan said. “That process will probably take ... Read More »

New Mexico Man Sentenced In Fatal 2017 Crash

A Putnam County judge sentenced a New Mexico man to prison Monday for charges stemming from a 2017 crash that killed a 5-year-old boy. 22-year-old Richard Collins will spend seven years behind bars for his vehicular homicide by recklessness conviction. Collins pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this year. The crash happened on Interstate 40 when Collins crashed into the ... Read More »

Highway 127 Crash Injures Two People In Cumberland County

A single-vehicle crash injured two elderly residents in Cumberland County Tuesday afternoon. A medical helicopter airlifted 73-year-old Patricia Guthrie to U.T. Medical Center for treatment. The crash happened at 1:42 p.m. on Highway 127 South near Vandever Road. A Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report said Guthrie suffered a medical issue, causing her Buick Enclave to travel off the roadway and ... Read More »

Cumberland River Hospital To Resume Operations Next Month

Celina’s Cumberland River Hospital will resume operations when a new clinic opens next month. Hospital Administrator Don Downey said residents can expect emergency room services to begin next year. “November the 15, we will open our hospital clinic. We will ramp up and let the physicians and community bond towards the end of November and December,” Downey said. “So everything ... Read More »

Spencer Secures $525,000 For Homes On Billingsley and Taft

Residents living along two streets in Spencer will soon see some improvements to their homes. Mayor Mickey Robinson said the state has funded $525,0000 to repair certain homes on Billingsley Street and Taft Drive. “There’s quit a few homes in that area that maybe need a new roof, windows, or heat and air units,” Robinson said. “Really, it’s just a ... Read More »

Red Boiling Springs Man Killed In ATV Crash

An ATV crash in Macon County has claimed the life of a Red Boiling Springs man. The accident happened Monday evening in the southbound lane of Jim Town Road. Tennessee Highway Patrol officials identified the deceased as 58-year-old Mikie G. Meador. A crash report said Meador failed to negotiate a right hand curve, causing his Polaris Ranger to travel off ... Read More »

Putnam County EMS Pioneer Passes Away Saturday

A Putnam County Emergency Medical Services pioneer has passed away. Fred Maynard died Saturday at the age of 71. Assistant 911 Director Mike Thompson said Maynard leaves a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten. “He made an impact on a lot of different responders, EMTs, and paramedics,” Thompson said. “Certainly, he’s no doubt responsible for saving the lives of many ... Read More »

Cookeville PD Encouraging Safety First On Halloween

Law enforcement officials are stressing safety as trick-or-treaters get ready to hit the streets this week. Cookeville Police Captain Bobby Anderson said drivers should use extra caution, especially with rain in the forecast for Thursday. “Slow down, stay alert, and make sure you’re watching in every direction,” Anderson said. “Just remember that little one are going to be out. They ... Read More »